Our Maps

"... drawn to Earth by all its textures and scatterings of light"
Luxurious map prints on fine art paper

At Swirls of Earth we create 3D rendered maps using the latest techniques in terrain modeling and true color printing.

To design the maps in our Terrain Series we begin with elevation data collected by satellites of various space agencies.  Each map is carefully modeled in three dimensions using a special process to enhance detail and legibility.

Precise lighting effects cast realistic shadows across each landscape, which are exaggerated to reveal the dramatic forms unique to each map.  This process of detailed 3D modeling enables us to produce prints that appear to extrude out of the page.

 

 

Printing Process

Each map is prepared to order.  We use a Giclée printer with water-based inks on your choice of museum-grade fine art paper or Hahnemühle photo paper.

Paper Choices:

Fine Art Premium

  • Premium Quality Heavyweight Paper, 200 gsm
  • Museum-grade
  • Contains No Plastic
  • FSC Approved or Sustainably Sourced
  • Smooth Matte Finish

Hahnemühle 

  • Superior Quality Heavyweight Paper, 308 gsm
  • 100% Cotton
  • FSC Approved or Sustainably Sourced
  • Matte Finish with Slight Texture

 

 

Swirls of Earth Story

"every map is a treasure map"

I have always been fascinated by the possibilities that live within a map.  Along every ridge and valley lies a possible adventure to come.  A map is a trusted guide and later, a friendly remembrance of where we've been.

Most of us take maps for granted, but they have a storied tradition that is still evolving today.  The great cartographers of the past combined intimate technical know-how with artistic precision to create works that were pleasing to the eye, immediately informative, and told readers the story of the landscape.

Advances in computing have sparked a new age in mapmaking.  There is an abundance of geographic data, and computing power now allows us to model the Earth with ever-increasing detail and accuracy.

My hope for Swirls of Earth is to create maps that people will take pride in, will awaken new adventures, and will evoke sensations of our most intimate connection  the bond between us and the Earth.

Jeff Haack, Swirls of Earth Founder